BURGLAR Cristian Barsony has been jailed after stealing thousands of pounds in cash and jewellery.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard the 24-year-old previously served prison time for burglaries in his native Romania before coming to this country in 2013.
He burgled three homes last year and was jailed by Recorder John Trevaskis for 20 months.
Addressing Barsony, Recorder Trevaskis said: ‘You came to this country in December 2013 to exercise your right to work in this country as a European citizen.
‘Instead of that you’ve committed criminal offences in this country and I understand that is something you have previously done in Romania and for which you had been sentenced to prison.’
The court heard a deportation hearing would take into consideration the judge’s sentencing remarks.
‘You have been assessed by the probation service as presenting a medium risk of harm to the public, and in particular home owners,’ Recorder Trevaskis added.
Prosecutor Fern Russell told the court Barsony first targeted the home of a man he used to work with on June 24.
She said he entered a ground-floor flat in Wingfield Street, Buckland, through an unlocked window – taking £3,000 and a £700 gold bracelet.
Barsony, whose last address was given in court as HMP Winchester, also burgled a home in New Road in Portsmouth.
The court was told he got into the home by using a flat-bladed tool on a rear window.
He took jewellery, a watch, a Toshiba laptop and an iPod Shuffle in the September 12 raid.
The third offence was at a home in Fratton Road, Portsmouth, on September 12 where Barsony got in through an open kitchen window via a flat roof and took a laptop.
Fingerprints tied him to the first and third burglary, while footprints taken from the scene of the second burglary linked him to that one.
Barsony received eight months for the first offence and 12 months each concurrent for the second and third offence, making 20 months.
Barsony had earlier pleaded guilty to the three dwelling burglaries.
Stephen Parish, defending, said Barsony wrote a letter to the court admitting his guilt.
Mr Parish said: ‘He said “I’m very sorry I didn’t admit it earlier”.’